Independence Day


Definition of Independence Day 

: a civil holiday for the celebration of the anniversary of the beginnings of national independence specifically : July 4 observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

First Known Use of Independence Day

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Independence Day was in 1791

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English Language Learners Definition of Independence Day

: a holiday celebrating the anniversary of a country's independence from another country that ruled it in the past; especially : July 4 celebrated as a legal holiday in the U.S. in honor of the day when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776

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Kids Definition of Independence Day

: July 4 observed by Americans as a legal holiday in honor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

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